Now Trending – Best Links Week of 9.28

One year ago (as I write this) I was running along the Embarcadero, prepping mentally for my interview with Old Navy. I was imagining my life in San Francisco, trying to really psych myself up for a complete life upheaval.

After my interview, I went to the Ferry Building and ate ice cream from Humphrey Slocombe because it was 80+ degrees and the world ends in SF once it’s above 75. (We don’t have air conditioning!) I had the entire day until my flight back to Pittsburgh and I didn’t have the mental brain power to really think about what to do, so I decided to walk the entire city and see in which neighborhoods I could see myself living.

I walked through FiDi, through Chinatown, into Nob Hill and Russian Hill and into North Beach. I kept walking until I ended up on Chestnut Street, which I had been to before (to go to Brandy Melville, ha!). I was overwhelmed by all the restaurants and shops and people talking about piling into Teslas. It reminded me of Shadyside in Pittsburgh. After a quick search of what neighborhood I was in, I immediately texted my boyfriend at the time, “I know where I want to live – The Marina”.

Happy one year of being the perfect neighborhood for me, Marina District. I love that I can walk to yoga and SoulCycle and run along the water and drink green juice and be a yuppie Marina Girl, eating $20 salads. As one ex-boyfriend doesn’t remember saying, you’re a bubble within a bubble.

Now that I’m done waxing poetic, here are the best links of the week. (Today’s featured photo is a Marina run, just FYI.)

Asia is my favorite continent out of the four I’ve visited. These Asian cities are must-sees in your lifetime.

I kind of love staying in Airbnbs more than hotels (because then I don’t have to forage for breakfast and have more space) but these fashionable hotels are on my list of places to stay.

I’ve publically stated my need to be more confident. I loved this podcast with Molly Yeh where she said she even plays the comparison game sometimes. These tips from Camille Styles are also helpful.

I am planning on staying in SF for Thanksgiving this year and throwing a Friendsgiving. Studying up on these tips for how to be the hostess with the mostess.

I crazily enough have a few things I need at Ikea that I have to pick up in the next couple of weeks… I might grab one of the Raskog Kitchen Carts since there are so many uses for it (and it’s only $30!)!

Running and Fitness
Well, it’s official – the Treadmill was actually invented as a torture device. I’m really opening El Nino won’t be a thing so I’m not forced to run indoors. I moved to California for a reason, after all.

I’ve been making more of an effort (okay, except the past two weeks) to stretch/foam roll on a more regular basis. My hammies have been tight so I’ve been doing these hamstring stretches for runners.

One frozen banana… 20 flavors of ice cream.

10 crazy localized Dunkin’ Donuts. I had a choco butternut one in the Philippines once that I am still thinking about six years later.

Chat with me:
Do you remember the first time you visited the place you live? Are there stereotypes about your neighborhood – and do you fit them?

10 comments on “Now Trending – Best Links Week of 9.28

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Jamie King on October 2, 2015 11:33 am

Awww, my old neighborhood. Makes me miss it a little! I remember the first time I visited Portland. It was then that I discovered sour beer and true SUMMER – with our super long days and light til almost 10pm…. ;)

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on October 2, 2015 11:42 am

Has it really been a year? Holy balls. Well, my dear, you have certainly done well for yourself :D
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Brooke @ Silver Lining on October 2, 2015 1:29 pm

So glad you found the neighborhood for you! We just moved to Arizona, and as crazy hot as it is here, I’m totally falling in love with it already.
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Kari Ann on October 2, 2015 2:05 pm

I have been in my little state on the east coast all my life, all the neighborhoods are within an hour of each other so I pretty much have seen every neighborhood but I have moved a few times until I bought my house away from the city. I would love to see San Francisco.
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Sarah @pickyrunner on October 2, 2015 2:20 pm

Aww I’m glad you love where you live! I have to say, if I was moving to San Fran, I think the marina district would be my neighborhood too based on the name alone ;)

I first said I’d live in my neighborhood before I knew what it was called. I just knew I loved the cobblestone streets and that if I ever had to stay in Baltimore, that’s where I had to be.
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ganeeban on October 2, 2015 7:33 pm

Oh the Marina, such a lovely little neighborhood in a lovely city. I spent Halloween there a few years back, one of the best! I love visiting there, but couldn’t imagine actually living in the City! Glad you got the job and love your new(ish) location. I love even more than it’s only 1.5 hours from me and I can visit that lovely city whenever the need strikes! Happy 1 year Anniversary in SF! xoxo, ganeeban
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Hilary on October 3, 2015 8:06 am

I went through something so similar when I picked where I wanted to live in Georgia!
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Nikki on October 4, 2015 3:10 am

I love living in the Bay Area. San Francisco is a lot of fun to live in/near.
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Jessie on October 5, 2015 12:48 pm

I feel like it was just yesterday you mentioned to us about your interview. It’s unbelievable how fast the years go by these days. I’m so happy things have worked out so well for you. <3
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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on October 5, 2015 5:33 pm

I love Friendsgivings! One of my friends throws them every year!
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